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German is spoken by nearly 100 million people worldwide, including 2 million people in the United States and Canada. Besides Germany, it's also spoken by people living in Austria, Switzerland and more than a dozen other countries throughout Europe and Latin America.

In the U.S., the top 50 German companies such as BMW, BASF, Siemens, T-Mobile and ThyssenKrupp annually account for approximately 700,000 jobs nationally. Some top German-speaking jobs are in Ohio. Knowing German gives applicants the edge because employers consider German speakers as bridges to customers.

Check out the German companies based in the Toledo area.

Top 10 Reasons to Learn German at Owens:

  1. Make yourself more marketable to employers!
  2. Get in touch with your roots.
  3. Chat with others in German.
  4. Participate in Oktoberfest event.
  5. Learn German once and speak it when traveling abroad.
  6. Have fun in and out of class.
  7. Study abroad through a partnership with BGSU.
  8. Earn a Language Certificate of Completion.
  9. Fulfill your language requirements.
  10. Spend less money for German classes compared to 4-year universities.

Check out videos about why it's beneficial to learn German:

Student Testimonials
Adventure video --
Distinction video --

German Companies
Volkswagen --
Bosch Rexroth --

Celebrity Testimonials
Detlef Schrempf, basketball player --
Toni Garrn, model --